Gai Waterhouse and John Singleton fall out over More Joyous

RUGBY league Immortal Andrew Johns has emerged as one of the people Tom Waterhouse is believed to have told about More Joyous' fitness concerns before her stunning flop at Randwick on Saturday.

Fairfax Media understands the mare's high-profile owner, John Singleton, confronted the bookmaker's mother, Gai, More Joyous' trainer, in an ugly spat after the betting ring drifter ($2.50 out to $3) finished seventh in the group 1 All Aged Stakes. Singleton told a stewards inquiry into the matter he grilled Waterhouse prior to the running of the All Aged Stakes about advice he had received ''from friends of mine who I trust implicitly'' that More Joyous was not fit to run on the final day of the Sydney carnival.

He said he was preparing to have a six-figure bet on the 10-time group 1 winner. ''I was advised [Saturday] morning by a friend of mine that he was with Tom Waterhouse, Gai's son and a bookmaker, and close friends of mine, internationally known figures, that Tom Waterhouse advised them [Friday] night that the horse had no chance and had problems," Singleton said.

Waterhouse declared More Joyous wouldn't have run if she had any issues and that she passed vet checks on race morning after receiving treatment for heat on her neck on Thursday. ''It's hearsay and John has gone flying off because of hearsay,'' Waterhouse told the inquiry, claiming her son denied to her he made claims to friends that More Joyous wasn't fit for her 32nd race start.

Singleton refused to reveal his sources. He described one as an ex-group 1-winning jockey and others as internationally known people. When told by Racing NSW chief steward Ray Murrihy that Waterhouse deserved to know who had passed that information on to him, Singleton said: ''I told Gai of them before the race.''


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